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2014-2016 NWRI Fellows

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NWRI Fellowship

 

The NWRI Fellowship supports graduate studies conducting research related to developing and/or enhancing water supplies. Research topics may include, but are not limited to, recycled water, treatment technologies, water and energy nexus, exploratory research, desalination, policy and regulation. www.nwri-usa.org/fellowship.htm

 

Recipients

 

NWRI FELLOW

Matrix Acidization: A Survey of an Unconventional Oil Stimulation Technique's Use in California, It's Impact on Water Quality and Humans, Possible Wastewater Treatment Techniques, and Policy Implications

Principal Investigator: Khadeeja Abdullah, University of California, Los Angeles. Ms. Abdullah is studying Environmental Science and Engineering. Her project focuses on how acidic chemicals used in gas and oil extraction processes interact with water in the environment. She is also interested in preventing contamination of water resources. Download PDFs of her progress reports from Spring 2015Fall 2015, and Spring 2016. Ms. Abdullah's research team recently published an article entitled "Toxicity of acidization fluids used in California oil exploration" in the journal Toxicological and Environmental Chemistry. View the article online at http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/BCAyVHY3SDjrxWQbshMn/full .

 

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Filtration Mechanisms Involved with the Removal of Engineered Nanomaterial from Drinking Water

Principal Investigator: Chen Chen, University of California, Riverside. Ms. Chen is studying Chemical and Environmental Engineering. She will investigate how a model engineered nanoparticle (ENP) will behave in a filter under a range of chemical conditions. The goal of this research is to identify an effective filtration method to remove ENPs such as pharmaceuticals and cosmetics from process water. Download PDFs of her progress reports from Spring 2015Fall 2015, and Spring 2016.

 

 

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New Molecular Technologies for Groundwater Surveillance:  A Survey of Groundwater in Four Distinct Regions of the United States

Principal Investigator: Matthew Flood, Michigan State University.

Mr. Flood is studying Water Sciences in the Department of Fish and Wildlife. His project will compare monitoring technologies for groundwater and compare the quality of groundwater across a range of geographical regions of the US during periods of high and low precipitation. Download PDFs of his progress reports from Spring 2015, Fall 2015, and Spring 2016.

 

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Polymer-Nanoparticle Electrospun Novel Fiber for Water Treatment

Principal Investigator: Natalia von Reitzenstein, Arizona State University. Ms. von Reitzenstein is studying Environmental Engineering. She is interested in developing new technologies for water treatment and has built an electrospinning system, which she is using to produce a polymer-nanoparticle fiber. Her goal is to produce a nanofiber mat with ion exchange capabilities and investigate it's capabilities as a new water treatment. Download PDFs of her progress reports from Spring 2015, Fall 2015, and Spring 2016.

 

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NWRI-AMTA Fellowship for Membrane Technology

 

The NWRI-AMTA Fellowship research must pertain to the advancement of membrane technology in the water, wastewater, or water reuse industries. The research must also be consistent with AMTA’s vision statement: “Solving water supply and quality issues through the widespread application of membrane technology.” www.amtaorg.com

 

Recipients

 

NWRI-AMTA FELLOW FOR MEMBRANE TECHNOLOGY

Development and Application of a Novel Anti-Biofouling Membrane

Principal Investigator: Ariel Atkinson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. An Environmental Science and Engineering Major, Ms. Atkinson is developing a novel anti-biofouling membrane.  A more reliable technology or process for preventing biofouling could produce better water quality and save on treatment costs, as any amount of fouling increases energy, cleaning, and replacement costs. Download PDFs of her progress reports from Spring 2015, Fall 2015, and Spring 2016.

 

              

NWRI-AMTA FELLOW FOR MEMBRANE TECHNOLOGY

Utilization of Dissolved CO2 for the Prevention and Removal of Foulants from Reverse Osmosis Membranes

Principal Investigator: Erin Partlan, Clemson University. An Environmental Engineering Major, Ms. Partlan is evaluating the use of dissolved carbon dioxide for the prevention and removal of foulants from reverse osmosis membranes  Using carbon dioxide to clean foulants from membranes could decrease treatment plant operational costs because carbon dioxide could be recovered in greater amounts than chemical cleaners and removed from water through simple mechanisms. Download PDFs of her progress reports from Spring 2015, Fall 2015, and Spring 2016. 

 

 

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NWRI-Southern California Salinity Coalition Fellowship

 

The NWRI-SCSC Fellowship research must address the critical need to remove or reduce salts from water supplies and to preserve water resources in Southern California. Examples include institutional & regulatory issues, economics of reducing salinity levels, regional & watershed planning solutions, public education & awareness, etc. www.socalsalinity.org

 

Recipients

 

NWRI-SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SALINITY COALITION FELLOW

Harvesting Energy from Desalination Concentrate via Electric Double-Layer Capacitor

Principal Investigator: Tushar Jain, University of California at Riverside. Mr. Jain is pursuing his Ph.D. in Chemical and Environmental Engineering, with a focus on desalination brine management. His research treats brine as an energy source from which chemical energy may be extracted via an electrochemical capacitor. This project aims to save energy, generate revenues for water utilities, and increase the viability of seawater desalination. Download PDFs of his progress reports from Spring 2015, Fall 2015, and Spring 2016. 

 

 

NWRI-SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SALINITY COALITION FELLOW

Impacts of Hypersalinity from Brine Disposal on Selenium Embryo Toxicity in Fish.

Principal Investigator: Allison Kupsco, University of California at Riverside. Ms. Kupsco is pursuing her Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology. She is investigating how the enhanced discharge of hypersaline brine that is occurring throughout California may effect coastal ecosystems. This project is important because estuarine areas that receive significant snowmelt inputs may become more saline as climate change progresses. Download PDFs of her progress reports from Spring 2015, Fall 2015, and Spring 2016.

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